PSL Corruption: Every Sport Has To Deal With This Cancer Of Corruption, Says Dean Jones
Following the corruption allegations, Islamabad United head coach and former Australian cricketer Dean Jones has said it has been an awful week for his side, after the two United players Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan were ‘provisionally’ suspended when Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) grilled both cricketers, who also play for the national side.
“Only 12 hours after our great win [against Peshawar Zalmi], I was urgently called in to speak to our director of cricket, Wasim Akram, and our owner, Ali Naqvi,” Jones wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald.
The 55-year-old Jones expressed in his write-up for Sydney Morning Herald that it has been a turbulent time for the side amid allegations of corruption during the second edition of PSL.
“Every sport has to deal with this cancer of corruption,” explained Jones.
According to reports, both were seen with an international syndicate to corrupt games in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
“They [ACU] told me two of our most senior players, Sharjeel and Latif, were provisionally suspended for alleged involvement in corruption. I felt like I was about to vomit. Wasim and I were almost in tears,” Jones mentioned.
However, Jones described the toughest moment when he confirmed the sad news about the suspension of Sharjeel and Latif to his team members.
“The team was in utter disbelief. You could hear a pin drop as they sat with heads bowed in disappointment,” Jones wrote.
The cricketer-turned-commentator Jones also explained how Pakistan Test skipper and United captain Misbah-ul-Haq reacted when news about the involvement of two players reached the camp.
“Misbah’s immediate response after hearing the news is one that I will never forget. He just froze. His face and body looked like the life had been drained out of it. He could barely breathe, let alone speak,” Jones added.
“Wasim [Akram] spoke with so much passion. He talked about the tragic passing of his wife seven years ago and how he tried to cope with the pain. I applaud the PCB and the ICC on how they have handled this matter. The board acted swiftly and with authority, he added.
Jones also recollected how the men-in-uniform and the World Anti-Doping Agency barged into the dressing room to grill Sharjel, Latif and the lanky fast-bowler Mohamamd Irfan after United registered their first win against Peshawar Zalmi.
“We won the match, and then four guys in suits looking like police detectives came into our dressing room and escorted Sharjeel, Khalid and [Mohammad] Irfan to interview rooms. Their bags and phones were also confiscated,” Jones concluded.
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